right direction? that's tough for obama. does this guy care about you and me. that's tough for romney. they both face tough challenges. neither one is the complete candidate in terms of caring about us and being able to fix our problems. we haven't found mr. perfect in either candidates. >> chris, the president speaks late thursday night, friday morning we'll get job numbers for august. how much of his re-election chances pivot around those numbers. >> if he gives a barn burner, carl, 10:30 thursday night. then wets a higher unemployment rate friday that will crush his bounce. if, however, there's some good news. say, you're covering the economy, say 200,000 new jobs in the previous months, that will help his speech rise higher. it really has to be a double punch for him. he needs a good speech and he needs some good economic news friday morning. you're dead right. >> finally, chris, improving jobs numbers, are they a liability for romney or is there a counter argument to that?